Realtime Landscaping Architect 2013

Realtime Landscaping Architect 2013


Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 6 votes
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Version:
5.15
File Size:
367.76KB
Date Added:
April 01, 2013
Price:
Free to try (Limited objects, watermark on output); $399.95 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
66,805
Downloads Last Week:
88
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  • 5 stars

    "Powerful yet with easy learning curve"

    April 10, 2012   |   By jtellerelsberg

    Version: Realtime Landscaping Architect 2012 4.15

    Pros

    Wonderfully easy to learn to use, even for total design novice
    Full assortment of capabilities
    Capable of handling professional design efforts

    Cons

    Could use a number of small tweaks to improve user experience and capabilities
    Would benefit from increased selection of plants
    (Both of these don't really qualify as "cons" in my experience, but are as close to cons as I have found.)

    Summary

    I have been happily amazed at how easy this program has been to learn to use. The user interface and tools are highly intuitive, and for those that I couldn't immediately figure out on my own, the help files are thorough and well written. There are a few improvements I hope will come with future editions (greater selection of plants ; ability to adjust spread as well as height of plant custom plant characteristics ; inclusion of "time card" feature for professional users to keep track of time spent on client designs), but even lacking those I have no hesitation in recommending this program to others. It's a bit pricey (and probably slightly overkill) for the pure home user, but for avid amateurs and small-scale professionals, it will surely satisfy--and at a savings of $1,000+ as compared to the standard CAD-type landscape programs. (However, for professional designers, note that RLA doesn't export to the conventional file formats that subcontractors might expect. If the scale of your professional work entails coordination with subcontractors or if you work under a general contractor, you may need to confirm that they will accept RLA's outputs [which include PDF] before you plunk down your cash.)

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  • 5 stars

    "A landscape architect's must"

    January 02, 2012   |   By graysonj

    Version: Realtime Landscaping Architect 2011 Landscape Design Software 3.15

    Pros

    I have been using landscape architect for about 5 years and I never get tired of it. if your object isn't in the database it can easily be imported through google sketchup. I have worked with all the top landscape architecture programs and this is by far the best (and affordable)!

    Cons

    I have no complaints

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  • 2 stars

    "Good 3D, hard to personalize, limited plant selection"

    August 28, 2009   |   By infant0to3

    Version: Realtime Landscaping Architect 2.04

    Pros

    The plan and 3D views are excellent. There are many choices for hardscaping, and the tools were relatively easy to learn and manipulate.

    Cons

    The product states they have a large plant database. What the program has are multiple pictures of the same plant, so the actual number of DIFFERENT plants is limited to somewhere between 2000 and 3000. There are also multiple misspellings of plants.

    Summary

    I enjoyed the ability and visualization of the slope and hardscape designing. The plant database seems to be the least developed, but their advertising for the plant database promotes flexibility and an extensive plant database. As I stated above, there are multiple misspellings of plants. There are also a lot of plants listed under multiple categories, sometimes incorrectly. There are multiple pictures of the same plant. Their "extensive plant database" is based on the amount of listings, not the number of species.

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  • 5 stars

    "Most powerful , versatile design program, yet so simple to use."

    April 13, 2008   |   By traffic58

    Version: Realtime Landscaping Architect 2.04

    Pros

    I have been searching for decent landscaping software that allows me to create a realistic base map first (property line, driveway, house, raised garden, storage shed, etc) , then design/modify existing landscape in realistic 2D and 3D. I wanted a program that is powerful and flexible, yet simple to use. Some other programs that I used didn't meet my expectations. They are either too complicated, slow 3D graphics, limited functions, difficult to learn otherwise so basic.

    Then, I found this one. This program is very powerful and flexible. It is so intuitive that you don't need to spend a lot of time to learn this program. Within a day, I was able to duplicate my property. My 2 story house looks so real in 3D (dimensions, shape, color, material etc). 3D rendering is so fast and efficient that even my old XP desktop pc works well. It comes with a huge library of design objects including lots of plants. It also has nice 26 landscape samples so you can get some idea

    You can switch between 2D or 3D view with a simple click. In a 3D walkthrough, you can set a time of day setting. For example, you can see all your security and landscaping lights automatically turned on at night. It also has a plant growth setting too. You can also create a multiple layers. I put all my property lines and house in a base map layer, created a new layer for the existing landscape features. Then another layer for proposed/modified. You can lock/unlock or hide/unhide each layer so that you don?t accidentally select/remove wrong design elements.

    Whether you are a professional designer or a home owner, this program produces a professional quality output. You can create/print a 2D or 3D landscape plan with material list that gives you the total project cost. By the way, I want to say that their tech support is great. I contacted them both by phone and e-mails. Each time, I got a same day response that actually helped resolve my issues.

    Overall, this is an excellent program and I am very happy with it.

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  • 5 stars

    "there is nothing else like it"

    March 24, 2008   |   By sdinenno

    Version: Realtime Landscaping Architect 2.04

    Pros

    I own a landscape contracting company in which I employ several designers. I have thoroughly researched the current software offerings in the landscape design market and I can say this without hesitation: nothing else comes close to this for landscape design. It not just the best at what it does, it's the only one that does what it does. You can spend ten times this price on other landscape design programs and still come up short.

    With this program you can make beautiful 2D color plans, lifelike 3D presentations, and realistic photo-based designs. The software contains an enormous amount of images, models, and features and couldn't be any easier to use. Don't let the low price fool you -- Realtime Landscaping Architect is by far the best dedicated landscape design software on the market.

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